|My backyard and beyond. Who knew what the ground looked like?|
|A dead tree giving life, circa yesterday in my backyard.|
Lessons and Applications
- Losing leaves and flowers isn’t a bad thing. It helps us see what else is really there, underneath. The expanse of it, the structure of it, the support it provides, for good or ill. The damage to it, the erosion of it, the success or failure of the things we planted in it, put on it or used it to make. Maybe seeing the ground is a gift. Everything goes back to the ground anyway. Seeing the space that had once been covered with shrubs and leaves and shade... that also gave me ideas. I know what’s growing in the spring, and maybe I don't want that shut growing just there... Maybe I want to reclaim some to the ground. Repurpose it. Re-decorate it. Some of the ground needs to be left bare, to remind me of the massive underneath that supports and nourishes and protects me and all of us that live on it.
- Sometimes, the stripping away that happens in winter is for good. God's message to Jeremiah was that he was called to overthrow, and to uproot and to destroy, AND to build and plant (Jer. 1:10). Jesus said that wheat and weeds grow together for a time until the wheat can manage the removal of the weeds without being destroyed (Matt. 13:29-30). Jesus also talked about the pruning that is part of healthy growing (John 15: 2). I pray for the heart to co-operate with God during these times while seeing the incredible gifts underneath the finery that once was.